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Boys basketball: Tigers crank up heat in win over Crusaders

Jesuit completes season sweep over Tampa Catholic.

By DAN GENOVESE
Published February 2, 2008


TAMPA - It was a packed house at Jesuit on Friday night as well over 2,000 filled the stands for the Tigers' season finale against rival Tampa Catholic. The Tigers gained momentum earlier in the week with wins over Berkeley Prep and Clearwater Central Catholic. Jesuit continued its winning streak by completing the season sweep over the Crusaders with a 73-68 win.

The Tigers (14-9) forced Tampa Catholic into early mistakes leading to a 14-0 run and an 18-7 lead after the first quarter.

"We really came out with a lot of intensity," Jesuit coach Neil Goldman. "This is a big game and a big crowd, so we didn't want to get too excited. We had a great start and were able to stay focused and not make mistakes."

The Crusaders (14-10) slowly began to chip away at the lead with their defense and the shooting of James Didden, who finished with a team-high 21 points and five 3-pointers.

With just more than five minutes remaining, Jamarlon Powe capitalized on a Tampa Catholic steal and hit a long jump shot to cut the lead to three. That was as close as Tampa Catholic would get as Charlie Mills and Jake Seymour took over. Seymour finished with 21 and Mills added 18.

"We challenged them (Seymour and Mills) to make very few errors and play well tonight," Goldman said.